Greetings families! Earlier this month, Tonawanda was visited by Author Lola Schaefer. Lola is not only an author of many children’s books but also a “teacher of teachers.” During her visit, she modeled writing lessons in three different grade levels and led a variety of follow up discussions with teachers. We were left with many new and inspiring ideas about teaching writing and we’ve infused several of these ideas into our instruction. Here are a few more facts about Lola, taken from an article written by Mrs. Anderson’s 3rd grade class:
Lola Schaefer, who is originally from Ft. Wayne Indiana, is a famous children’s author, who has published more than 272 books, such as Out of the Night and An Island Grows.
She enjoys being an author, and gets the inspiration for her books from watching boys and girls love good books. When asked how long it takes her to write a book, Mrs. Schaefer said that it has taken her as little as one hour to as much as three years to write one book! Mrs. Schaefer admits that she still gets writer’s block sometimes. However, she recommends that when writer’s block hits, a writer should “Think, think, think! “
Top 5 Things to Know This Week
· Winter temperatures are here! Please send students dressed appropriately.
· Our December theme focus is What I am is HEALTHY. In preparation for our all-school trip to see the Milwaukee WAVE, we enjoyed an assembly with WAVE players about healthy choices.
· For the WAVE game (December 5th), don’t forget to send students in Tonawanda spirit wear/orange and with a bag lunch/disposable water bottle.
· Tonawanda, together with all the district’s elementary schools, helped to Stuff a Bus with over 18,000 1bs of non-perishable food items!
· The big orange bar graph across from the office shows the number of PAW slips we’re earning in each area of the building (hallway, lunchroom, classroom, etc.). This week we reached our all-school goal by earning over 800 PAW slips and have earned an extra recess!